Hailed a masterpiece when it was first published, the story of Gavin Maxwell’s life with otters on the remote west coast of Scotland remains one of the most lyrical, moving descriptions of a man’s relationship with the natural world.
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About the Author
Gavin Maxwell (1914–69) was a naturalist and author. His many books include The Rocks Remain and Raven Seek Thy Brother, sequels to Ring of Bright Water.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Kate Humble Preface by the Author Ring of Bright Water
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This has been my lunch time read for the last few weeks. While the book is marketed as an author's life with pet otters, it is really much more than that. While I enjoyed the shenanigans of the otters - which don't get wrong are adorable, the parts of the book I really enjoyed were Gavin Maxwell's descriptions of the various natural environments he traveled to and lived in: everywhere from the marshes of Iraq to the highlands of Scotland. While the book seemed a little dated at times, for me it was really eye opening to see what the exotic animal trade was like in the 50s and 60s. There were definitely several passages that made me cringe. As a word of warning to potential readers, there are a few parts in this book that are pretty upsetting to animal lovers, so if you tend to get upset when reading this sort of book you might want to steer clear.